Sunday, November 30, 2008

Feeling good!!

I guess that kind of title tells it all.

I am doing wonderfully....although I still have a little healing to do...thats nothing!

My 4 year old asked me, while we browsed at Toys R Us, what I wanted for Christmas. My slightly emotional self, I got a little teary and he said to me "you just want us to be Happy right Mom?" He is so right.....I just want us all to be a happy healthy family.

We met with the doctor on Monday and she had some fabulous news....a downgraded cancer and the news of NO CHEMO!!! There were a lot of tears of joy and shock that day!

This is truly all I wanted and needed to make this Christmas perfect.

I am looking forward to the new year and taking clients and getting all back to normal!!

And a picture.....

Thursday, November 6, 2008

This is me:

Funny I should need to say this right after my holiday deadline post....none of it applies now though.

I am copying and pasting this because I just can't type it all again:

I truly have an amazing life. I have the most wonderfully perfect husband and three perfectly perfect boys a great house in the making. A photography business that is booming. An all round really good life.
Although my great life is great....we all have private stuff that goes the quiet times ya know...that stuff you just keep to yourself and deal with alone.
I ahve had bladder cancer off and on for 8 years. It is so quickly and non invasively dealt with it seems more of a hassle to go get checked and then usually once a year have a tumour removed. I take it very seriously, though, of course. I never miss a check up or skip an appointment. I had my last Surgery for my bladder on Oct. 22. I went in to the hospital and I came out after surgery feeling EXACTLY the same. So a very easy surgery to go through.
My bladder doc ordered a ctscan of my kidneys 3 months ago. They found a small cyst on my left ovary. I didn't sleep well for a very long time with worries of what if it is not a cyst.
Fast fwd to Monday Nov 3. I go in to have a small laproscopic surgery to remove the cyst (normally not done just yet but because of my history the gyno wanted to be sure) I tell my husband on the way to the hospital "if they find something bad and come to ask you what to do tell them to take out anything, everything, whatever they need to." I woke up to a complete hystorectomy and the newly discovered fact that I have ovarian cancer. They are pretty sure they got all of it...but I will have to have chemo to be sure.
Along with the pain meds and grogginess of waking up after surgery this is a freakin' lot to take in!
Still I am finding it hard to believe...but I am tough, I really am. I have my perfect life to LIVE for. I don't know what I would do without my husband, or my children or any of the fantastic people who have stepped forward to offer help, or dropped off food, sent flowers....or even listened to me go on and on.(especially in my highly sedated state!!)

To all my beloved clients:

I will unfortunately not be taking any clients until I know what I can handle. I have to recover from surgery and then decide what will happen and how up to taking clients I am during chemo.
Please do not hesitate to contact me via email for anything you may need. I am still editing a few sessions and will get those done in a timely fashion...I promise.

Sorry no picture today....


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Holiday Schedule-

Holly Brooks Photography newborn photography

I figured we should get this up and out there for you all.
Christmas deadline for CANVAS- Nov.16
Christmas deadline for CUSTOM COFFEE TABLE BOOKS-Nov. 16
Christmas deadline for PRINTS-Dec.1(any orders places after this date may not be here in time for Christmas)

I will be booking sessions up to and including the weekend of Dec.20
I will be off until Jan 10-there are exceptions to this
(call me if you are a newborn client)

Some changes are coming in the new year.....
new products, new ideas!!

But for now....

Some pictures of my boys-for halloween; Are you a fan of 80's horror movies???